The start of our whirlwind trip to Vienna for Eurovision. Even though Vienna isn’t that far from London and the flights to get there (LON to FRA, FRA to VIE) were only about an hour each, it took us all day to get there.
Jackie dropped us at East Putney station around 8:45am and then it was a couple of trains to get to Paddington, get on the Heathrow Express and walked miles to Terminal 2. Luckily we’d already checked in. Through security, grabbed some lunch (because it was close to lunchtime by this stage) and then went to our gate. It took forever to board, with no apparent reason.
An hour and a bit later we were in Frankfurt. We got some more food. Because it was lunch there too. We boarded late after an hour or so, then flew into Vienna, getting there for 5:30pm. Taking public transport to our apartment would have taken an hour and cost not much less than getting a driver, so we got a driver. It was much more comfortable and we were taken right to the door.
I’d booked an apartment on AirBNB for our stay, which was much cheaper than any good accommodation we could find in Vienna. I was expecting something small but it’s a wonderfully spacious and well designed apartment. It’s a shame we’re only staying for two nights. The owner, who lives next door, was there to show us around. She’s lovely. They had a Eurovision party planned for the finals (the ones we’d be at).
We decompressed for a little while then walked about 40 minutes up to central Vienna to meet Ben and Dion outside Stephansdom for dinner. We hadn’t seen them in person since October at our wedding. It was so lovely to see them again. We went for a very nice dinner at EF16, and left absolutely stuffed. We caught up on all the goss then went to their hotel to decide whether we were going to go out to a club. But it was raining and it was late and we couldn’t make a decision on where to go, so we went home instead. Probably just as well as Glen was getting sicker.